1706 My Strength Is My Story with Melissa d'Arabian, Tasting Grace


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What if food could be more for you than simply fuel for your body? Melissa d'Arabian shares her journey with food and how it's an invitation from God; tasting grace!

Melissa d'Arabian: A wife of 16 years and mother to their four beautiful girls, which includes one set of twins.

She is a speaker, writer, television host, and celebrity chef. After winning season five of "The Next Food Network Star" in August 2009, Melissa premiered her inaugural cooking show, "Ten Dollar Dinners".

She went on to be a New York Times Best-Selling Author with her first cookbook "Ten Dollar Dinners: 140 Recipes and Tips to Elevate Simple, Fresh Meals Any Night of the Week", which debuted in August 2012.

Melissa then followed up with her second cookbook in December of 2014 --- "Supermarket Healthy: Recipes and Know-How for Eating Well without Spending A Lot".

And now she is celebrating her third book, "Tasting Grace: Discovering the Power of Food to Connect Us to God, One Another, and Ourselves".

"Tasting Grace is the book that nobody asked me to write. Nobody except me and God.” ~ Melissa d'Arabian

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BOOK: Tasting Grace

Enjoy the multitude of topics discussed including motherhood, poverty, redemption, suicide, body image, cooking, plus so much more.

  • Connection
  • Introvert
  • Motherhood
  • Faith journey
  • Spiritual winter
  • Gift of joy
  • The next big thing
  • Identity
  • The performer
  • Story
  • Invitations with food
  • Poverty & Food
  • Mom's death
  • Why me? Why this book?
  • Redemption
  • Sorrow
  • The Delta salad
  • Not enough
  • Generosity
  • Body image
  • Prayer
  • Worship
  • The bridge
  • Show up
  • What's for dinner?
  • Multi-tasking
  • Grace
  • Mindy
  • Cancer
  • Legacy

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BOOK: Tasting Grace

"We are, through food, given a glimpse into so much of the mystery and wonder and vastness and expansiveness of God." ~ Melissa d'Arabian

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Quotes and statements within the interview:

"What brings me joy more than anything else is connection."

"Being a mom of four girls has just been such an honor. I can't believe God let me do that."

"My faith journey has changed. And it's had events or turning points which is much like my food journey."

"The spiritual winter after my mom's death really came from my inability to reconcile her suicide."

"But in her death, I really learned how to have joy without being happy."

"And that gift, understanding that joy really is an inside job. And for me it's a job about me and God."

"I love story, because it's universal."

"It was something I wanted, I needed to learn and reconcile about food culture verses what God wanted be to feel and think about food."

"A lot of the stuff that I felt yucky about with food, I realize I was creating and society was creating and God wasn't. And God was inviting me into such goodness."

"The good news is the joy is big enough to house the sorrow."

"Every meal has the ability to invite us into a bunch of these invitations and has the ability to draw us closer to God."

"When you don't have enough of something, that shapes how you look at food."

"God's invitations aren't separated out in outline form."

"For those slippery slope zones, I literally just pray before I workout, because I need to keep my motives pure."

"I look back at my life, and I cannot find one instance in earnest where God really dropped me."

"So much of life is just showing up."

"It doesn't have to be perfect; it really doesn't. We just have to show up."

What has your story gifted you?

  • Being closer to God

"My story with loss, yucky, good, bad, good decisions, bad decisions, things working out, some things not working out --- all of that has been my story. All all of that has just sucked me right on up into being close to God."

"So for that if it took that story to get me closer to God, then I love my story."

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